Firm Profile > ECIJA > San Salvador, El Salvador

El Salvador

El Salvador > Banking and finance Tier 3

The team at ECIJA combines the experience of its team with a global reach to provide a comprehensive service for its local and international clients. The team advises on a wide range of matters, including corporate financing, asset financing, debt restructuring, capital markets matters, bank contracting, due diligence and regulatory compliance. The group is led by 'outstanding' office founder and managing partner Alfredo Navas Duarte and Carlos Gil, who is experience in transactions in the finance, energy and telecoms sectors,  and backed by associate and public contractual agreement expert Luis Paulino Selva. The group’s client portfolio spans a diverse spectrum of sectors, from food, financial services and logistics, to e-commerce and insurance.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Navas Duarte; Carlos Gil


‘A lot of knowledge of technical issue and jurisprudence. Robust advice on banking and securities law.’

‘Alfredo Navas Duarte is outstanding. He is knowledgeable and collaborative.’

Key clients


City Express

Distribuidora Morazan

Cervecería Salvadoreña

Academia Europea




Laca Laca



Corporacion Saint Germain

Tropical Foods

Don Li

Stifel Investment Banking

Exor Investment Corporate de El Salvador

American Foods

City Express


Exor International

El Salvador > Intellectual property Tier 4

The 'strategic' intellectual property group at ECIJA coordinates with its global network to advise local and international clients on a broad range of IP-related matters, including brand protection, anti-piracy actions and infringement litigation. The group is led by the Salvadoran office founder and manager Alfredo Navas Duarte and e-commerce expert Karla Alas de Duarte, with the support of litigation practice head Carlos Quintanilla and associate Alejandra Gómez. The team’s client roster features companies from the e-commerce, education, logistics, health, banking, energy and food sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alfredo Navas Duarte; Karla Alas de Duarte


‘It is a well-rounded team with experience in each branch of the law, which allows them to provide us with comprehensive advice.’

‘They have the necessary expertise in intellectual property, which generates greater confidence and support on a day-to-day basis.’

‘In addition to having a clear and thorough understanding of the law, the firm has great sensitivity to the client’s needs, always proposing the most practical and efficient options to achieve the intended purposes. The clarity with which they explain the challenges of the system and seek solutions is invaluable. Their client service is also a very important asset.’

‘The team stands out for dealing with matters promptly, its follow-up and client service.’

‘They are strategic partners to their clients.’

‘We receive direct input from the lead partner.’

Key clients




Laca Laca

Exor International

The firm: ECIJA is a European law firm with headquarters in Spain and offices in Portugal, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and El Salvador. ECIJA has a multidisciplinary team of over 800 professionals, with exceptional experience in their areas of specialization, enabled to work in different jurisdictions, with extensive knowledge of the different industries and international markets. ECIJA is a client-focused law firm with the agility and personal service of a high-end boutique firm and the multidisciplinary experience of a large firm. ECIJA is a full-service firm with significant experience and specialized in the practice areas required by international clients to invest and operate globally.

ECIJA’s international capacity is outstanding, the firm offers integrated cross-border advice. Since 2019, ECIJA has merged with 16 law firms and has become the largest Spanish law firm in Latin America. Nowadays, ECIJA has 29 offices in 16 countries. Furthermore, in 2019 ECIJA signed the biggest strategic agreement with the 4th largest firm in China (Grandall Law). The agreement brought together 3,500 lawyers and 54 offices in Iberia, Latin America and Asia. “To put that in perspective, that is comparable with CMS and Norton Rose Fulbright, some of the biggest firms in the world by headcount.”

Main areas of practice

Corporate: the firm provide corporate and M&A services for both local and international clients. The practice in M&A is multi-jurisdictional, focused on transactions with a regional component in Latin American markets. The team is trained in legal project management tools in order to control time and cost of any transaction.

Banking and finance: the team includes prestigious attorneys who have assisted important international and local banks with sophisticated transactions. The firm’s services involve many aspects of the complex regulatory financial world, including syndicated credit facilities, project finance and banking products such as leasing, factoring, confirming, mortgages, pledges and credit cards.

Dispute resolution: ECIJA has a strong practice for dispute resolution both in local courts and arbitration. The disputes include commercial, civil, investment and government. Regarding arbitration, the firms has a regional practice of several partners with strong experience and skills in international arbitration using the ICC, AAA and UNCITRAL rules, and also with local rules in each country.

Technology and data privacy: ECIJA in one of the leading firms in LATAM for technology and data privacy practices. The team focuses on technology industry for complex transactions, M&A and software developments.

Employment and human rights: the firm has a strong practice in employment matters from the employer perspective. The services include litigation, technology issues relating to employment, company’s restructuring, immigration and compliance. ECIJA’s practice in human rights is focused on compliance with international standards in five areas: gender, age, functional diversity, social origin, and diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Administrative and infrastructure: the services provided by ECIJA range from managing regulatory aspects of the relationship from the regulatory point of view between the client and the government throughout the execution of agreements with public entities.

Energy: ECIJA is one of the most recognized and acknowledged law firms in the structuring and development of energy projects in the Central American region because of its vast experience in the field. The services include regulatory aspects related to obtaining licenses and authorizations, as well as the contractual aspects of negotiating agreements for electricity purchase with distribution companies. The relevant experience and knowledge of energy project developments also covers construction and financing agreements.

Trusts: the firm has advised regional and foreign clients in connection with the incorporation of trust companies, the opening of internal trust departments and the design of business transactions which employ trust structures, including philanthropic, administration, guaranty, and real estate development trusts. Likewise, ECIJA have advised local banks in connection with the implementation of trust operations that include financing structures.

Competition/merger control: ECIJA advises large US, European and Latin American corporations in antitrust and merger control investigations at national and cross-border level. Clients come from a several sectors, having strong expertise in regulated industries such as telecoms and ICTs.

Foreign investment: ECIJA has a regional legal team that is prepared to advise foreign investors on how to structure their investment in any country of the region, including aspects such as obtaining the benefits of various tax incentive regimes and dealing with customs issues that come up when importing or exporting goods and services.

Real estate: ECIJA is a well-known player in the real estate market in Latin America.  The team has developed special capacities in the development of multi-purpose projects, including housing, commercial, offices and leisure spaces.  ECIJA provides its services to developers of projects up to individual investors willing to have a second home or retirement place.  ECIJA advises the developers from the acquisition of the land through the permit process until a final product is delivered to the customers, acting as a business partner of its clients with the tools of legal project management.  The practice is fulfilled with the experience of the partners in the construction industry.

Tax: ECIJA is a team of strongly committed professionals reputed to thoroughly address their clients’ needs involving taxation.  ECIJA provides insightful advice on local and international tax issues pertaining to business endeavors and personal concerns.  In addition, they are effective litigators and have obtained significant awards on tax claims and suits, on behalf of their clients.

ECIJA’s tax law practice focuses in two main areas: legal advice and litigation, for both national and municipal taxes.  ECIJA ​provides specialized advisory services, tax contingencies analysis and tax planning.  The litigation area ​handles tax claims in the administrative venue and judiciary processes.  International taxation queries ​are also prevalent.  The current international investment surge has triggered an array of tax advisory services in connection with international tax issues.

Energy|oil and gas: ECIJA is one of the most recognized and acknowledged law firms in the structuring and development of energy and oil and gas projects in the Central American, Caribbean and in Ecuador. ECIJA has participated in the development and execution of the main projects in the energy and oil and gas sector in the region: Coca Codo Sinclair 1500 MW of electricity generation with the company Sinohydro. The services include regulatory aspects related to obtaining licenses and authorisations, as well as the contractual aspects of negotiating agreements for electricity purchase with distribution companies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner | Corporate and M&A| Banking and Finance | Technology and Data Privacy | Trusts | Intelectual Property Alfredo Navas Duarte T. + 503 2298 0131
Partner | Corporate and M&A| Banking and Finance | Tax | Trusts Foreign Investment | Energy, Oil and Gas | Compliance and Regulatory law Carlos Hernan Gil Machuca +503 22521561
Partner | Dispute Resolution Carlos Maximiliano Quintanilla +503 22521561
Partner | Dispute Resolution | Criminal law | Competition and Merger Control | Compliance, antitheft and money laundry law Enrique Araujo Machuca +503 22521561
Partner | TMT Karla Alas de Duarte +503 22521561
Photo Name Position Profile
 Karla Alas photo Karla Alas Partner specialized in TMT, Data Protection, Privacy at ECIJA El Salvador
 Enrique Araujo  photo Enrique Araujo Partner of Dispute Resolution; litigation and arbitration, Criminal Defense and Prevention and…
 Carlos Gil photo Carlos Gil Partner in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labour Law, Control and Prevention of Money…
Mr Alfredo Navas photo Mr Alfredo Navas Managing Partner at ECIJA El Salvador
 Carlos Quintanilla photo Carlos Quintanilla Partner Dispute Resolution, Corporate/M&A, Labour Law, and Media, Intellectual and Industrial Property…